and not doing so would most assuredly hurt our economy. but again, i think if you're making $250,000 ored 400,000 or $600,000 in this economy, you're not putting off the purchase of -- there's not a great crush on or pullback in your consumer demand. this economy is not hurting people that make $800,000 a year. it's hurting families that are making $40,000 a year. >> some democrats, though, not so convinced. the approach puts the president at odds with peter orzag, his budget director who proposed that the bush tax cuts for the rich should be extended for two years so as not to hurt the jobs market. there are some democrats who are wavering on this, saying let's extend hard to raise taxes on people during a recession. this morning, the imam finally speaks. this is this morning's "new york times."